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[News] How Broken Laws Allow Censorship and Suppression of Free Speech

  • Subject: [News] How Broken Laws Allow Censorship and Suppression of Free Speech
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2010 09:31:36 +0000
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Racist content on US server 'within UK jurisdiction'

,----[ Quote ]
| The Court of Appeal rejected that claim, 
| saying that according to a precedent set in 
| a previous case domestic law will apply so 
| long as much of the activity in question 
| took place in the UK.


Aussie net censorship turning Chinese

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| Recent DDoS chaos on the Australian internet 
| may have been great fun for all involved â 
| but behind the good-humoured anarchy lies a 
| growing concern that the government really 
| does have a dark and Big Brotherly vision 
| for the future of politics in the country.
| As reported in The Register this week, 
| groups exasperated by government plans for a 
| mandatory firewall that will censor far more 
| than the child porn material claimed, 
| finally resorted to long-promised direct 
| action, with a short and successful DDoS 
| attack on government sites and offices.


Google baulks at Conroy's call to censor YouTube 

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| Google says it will not "voluntarily" comply 
| with the government's request that it censor 
| YouTube videos in accordance with broad 
| "refused classification" (RC) content rules.
| Communications Minister Stephen Conroy 
| referred to Google's censorship on behalf of 
| the Chinese and Thai governments in making 
| his case for the company to impose 
| censorship locally.


Conroy calls for piracy code of conduct

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| In the wake of iiNet's recent court win, 
| Minister for Broadband, Communications and 
| the Digital Economy Stephen Conroy has said 
| that he wants the film and internet 
| industries to sit down and try and work out 
| a code of conduct to prevent pirating of 
| copyrighted works rather than working 
| towards legislation changes.


Google Says No To Australia's Request To Censor YouTube Videos


Iceland aims to become an offshore haven for journalists and leakers


Iceland Wants To Become A Hub For Free Speech Journalism Protection

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| I think this is a great idea -- and the 
| world needs places where free speech is much 
| more seriously protected, but I do wonder 
| how it will work in practice.


Olympics Using Bogus Copyright Claims To Take Down All Videos Of Fatal Luge Crash

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| It's a horrible situation all around, but it 
| looks like the International Olympic 
| Committee is trying to stifle the whole 
| thing by using copyright claims to take down 
| videos on YouTube, saying that only those 
| who paid for broadcast rights can show the 
| video. Now, this could be part of a pre-
| arranged effort by the Olympics to try to 
| stop any Olympics videos from hitting 
| YouTube, but it shows the problem with such 
| a blanket policy.


Olympic luger from Georgia dies after crash

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| Flirting with 90 mph on a $100 million track 
| pushing speed to the outer limits, the luger 
| from the republic of Georgia tilted his head 
| slightly forward as his sled climbed the 
| high-banked wall.


Multiple crashes at luge track


US and EU call for release of well-known Chinese dissident

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| Tania Branigan reports from Beijing on the 
| 11-year sentence handed to Liu Xiaobo Link 
| to this video
| The US and European Union today renewed 
| calls for the immediate release of high 
| profile dissident Liu Xiaobo, as a Chinese 
| court upheld his 11-year-sentence.


Prop. 8 Defenders Say Plaintiffs Attacked âOrthodox Religious Beliefsâ

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| Now, weâve got a bit more to throw at you, 
| LBers. One of the lawyers handling the case 
| for the defendants (that is, defending the 
| constitutionality of Prop. 8) sent us a note 
| recently attacking the plaintiffsâ approach 
| in the case. Specifically, Brian Raum, the 
| head of marriage litigation for the Alliance 
| Defense Fund, has accused the plaintiffs and 
| their lead lawyers, David Boies and Ted 
| Olson, of unfairly attacking religion.



China Jails Tibetan Filmmaker

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| Authorities in the northwestern Chinese
| province of Qinghai have handed a six-year
| jail sentence to a Tibetan filmmaker who
| returned from exile to make a documentary
| about his homeland, Tibetan sources say.


How online life distorts privacy rights for all

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| People who post intimate details about their
| lives on the internet undermine everybody
| else's right to privacy, claims an academic.
| Dr Kieron O'Hara has called for people to be
| more aware of the impact on society of what
| they publish online.


US company sues China for Green Dam 'code theft'

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| An American company has filed a $2.2bn
| (Â1.4bn) lawsuit in the US accusing Beijing of
| stealing lines of code from its internet
| filtering software.

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